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THE CASE OF SENATOR TED STEVENS The case of Senator Ted Stevens Instructor Class Date Name
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THE CASE OF SENATOR TED STEVENS Wrongful convictions can stem from an abundance of sources, leading to the most serious consequences for the victims. Prosecutor misconduct is a common malpractice that can grievously lead to innocent people being convicted. I believe that the justice system has strayed from its utmost important goal of searching for the truth. This wholesome goal has been tampered by monetary concerns and errors on the prosecutors’ behalf and has not been taken seriously enough. In the case of Senator Stevens in July 2008, prosecutable misconduct ruined an innocent man’s entire reputation and the last years of his life. Senator Ted Stevens from Alaska was charged with lying about an oil services company giving him hundreds of thousands of dollars. He was convicted in 2008, all the while claiming he was innocent. Senator Stevens was found guilty by a jury in his trial in 2008, but in 2010 the new Attorney General decided to dismiss the case, (Vicini, James, 2012). This was due to evidence unearthed after the trial that prosecutors failed to give to the defense. It was evidence that could have exonerated Senator Stevens and was, supposedly, unintentionally withheld. However, the prosecutors also covered up that their chief witness Bill Allen had sexual relations with a fifteen-year-old prostitute. Although the withheld evidence was apparently unintentional, this cover up makes it seem as though the prosecutors were willing to tamper with the judicial process. It can be more difficult for jurors to arrive at a guilty verdict when the defendant is a celebrity, but less when the defendant is an elected official. Putting aside the fact that public figures can usually
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